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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1977-03-19

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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1977-03-19

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Bertha, Mama Tried, Loser, Big River, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, Estimated Prophet, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Samson & Delilah-> Playin' In The Band Eyes Of The World-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Wharf Rat-> Franklin's Tower-> Sugar Magnolia, E: One More Saturday Night, E: Uncle John's Band*

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD>MR>DAT>DAT>Sonic Solutions>CDR


SBD>MR>DAT>DAT>Sonic Solutions>CDR; original tree
and covers;
note circ at one site 10/99 w/ problem in d3t5?; note Terrapin has fluttery
flaws from master reel


Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2017
Subject: great show 5 star sound
great 77 show , 4star show have to hold out on 5star for the peak of the peak shows
Reviewer: Niass200 - - September 4, 2016
Subject: Terrible show.
Just kidding I would have flown out but I was 8 years old, Jealousy exists but I did get the hand me down at 14, a hand off communication at 9/17/82. Still Jealous, I give it..whatever.
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2015
Subject: Playin>Samson>Playin
Reviewer: rizdog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2014
Subject: One of the best
I was 17 at this show, 54 as I write this. At 17 under the ball at Winterland was my favorite place in the world. It would be now too if it were still available. But I live close to Phil's restaurant now and that is a great hang, we've all gotten older

This was a great show. It did not really kick in until the ramped up Eyes that t was a special night. Franklin's Tower was amazing; they brought the lights up during Sugar Magnolia and it was delirium. They were just on this night; they were trying to calm us down during Uncle John's Band, but you can hear them just wanting to cut loose on the bridge at the end.

My children are older than I was at this show and have their own musical tastes. In many many ways the music scene now is richer than it was in '77. But this band at this time could not be touched. I had been to many Dead shows before this, and went to many after. But this was as good as it ever got; sheer joy.
Reviewer: DNJ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2013
Subject: First show
took my soon to be wife to her first Dead show and this was it, great show but as you know you never know how a newbie will respond to the dead, she loved them and has been a Dead head from then on, and we are still married !
Reviewer: LUCY-25 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2012
Subject: Keith!!!
I have always questioned whether I liked Keith compared to pigpen or Brett...This show just won me over Keith is playing out of this world almost Jerry's level of out of this world! by the way I love everytime I hear mama tried and jerrys raspy mellow voice belts out "AND I TURNED 21..."
Reviewer: gratefulvince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2011
Subject: Great show
I agree with JRimLik about the 2/26/77 show. I think that is still the best H>S>F of '77, which is high competition. I even prefer the 10/11/77 HSF to the Buffalo HSF. It's great for sure but overrated, like the Cornell Scarlet-Fire. I also agree these 3 winterland shows are underrated. These run of shows kind of remind me of those first 3 February Winterland shows of 1974, the 22nd thru the 24th. Underrated run because May-June of 1974 overshadows everything.
Reviewer: bear06460 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2011
Subject: some hot stuff
keith sounds pretty hot on They Love Each Other and you couldnt ask for a sweeter setlist. like someone below said, this run is underrated and will always be over shadowed by the infamous run of shows in may. the archive is full of hidden gems.
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2010
Subject: not gonna find much better on the archive
this show is the tits
Reviewer: JRimLik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2010
Subject: Underrated
This March run is underrated, and that;s saying a lot because these shows have gotten plenty of good pub over th eyears. Personally Ill take these shows over any of the May shows that get soi much incessant hype, especially since the big guy left us, those zMay hsows have gorwn into a ridiculous legend. Yes - very good shows. Among the best they EVER played? No way, not even close. The CpornelL Dew is amazing, no doubt, but as far as the Buffalo Help>Slip or the COrnell Scarlet>Fire, I think there are any comparable if not better versions. For the former check out San Bernadinio 2.26.77, that comes to mind right away, as do some '83 versions with truly scary Slipknots. As for the former I'll stack the Normal 4.24.78, Cedar Falls 2.5.78, and Philly 4.21.84 versions against any other version. I'll take Fall '77 over the overhyped Spring any day. That is raw, powerful Grateful Dead.

As for this stellar run...all three of these March shows are extremelly well-played and have something to offer. I've always been impressed by the big jump they made from Sept. '76 to early '77. '76 really picked up steam those last few gigs - Day on the Green, Shrine, New Year's. Then they had such a more refined sound just a couple of months later. This nght gets verlooked somewhat due to the Fire debut and Alhambra the night before and the killer show the 20th, which I believe to be the best of the 3. But this show is great in it's own right. Obviously the first set Playin - althugh for first set Playins 8.6.74 is in a league of it's own. Solid second set on the 19th as well. But the 20th is the night - the best second set of the three, an amazing Row Jimmy, a sweet St. Stephen and of course the jam out of Scarlet to end the first set. Stream all three nights when you can. (FYI a buddy of mine who was at these shows tells me Garcia was using the Wolf already at these shows. I know he switched back to the Wolf for the East Coast tour that year, the Travis Bean was basically '76 only. Anyone out there who was actually there that can rememeber such detail?)
Reviewer: sammytown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2010
Subject: the tie dyed crystal rainbow returns
One of the best from back in the NO DRUMS EVERY NIGHT GOLDEN AGE! The show the NIGHT BEFORE (3/18) was so HEAD CRACKINGLY DELUXE that when we were exiting Winterland after that concert I stopped, turned around, stood at the front door and said "Well, I guess I am first in line for tomorrow!" What was truly baffling to me was the fact that at least 2000 people exited before me and none of them had the presence of mind to guarantee themselves a place in the front row the next night...and I thought I was HIGH! I WOULD GIVE IT 5 STARS BUT THERE ARE MITIGATING FACTORS LIKE 10/14-15/1976, 12/31/1976, 2/26-27/1977 and a few others. Next installment... 2/26/77 Tales From The Tour A NIGHT AT THE SWING
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2010
Subject: I love 1977
Out of all the amazing years in Dead history prior, who knew that the odd year of 1977 would shine so bright? I'm sure not even the Dead could predict the musical genius the would flourish and climax in the Spring of 1977. This show is one of the greatest of a year that can only be described as heavenly. The Terrapin>Playin'>Samson>Playin' alone makes this a top show! Jerry is noodling way out in the atmosphere and Keith is using his Moog synthesizer to evoke pure emotion during the jam. This show is up there with the 5/7-9/77 concerts. I also can't wait to get my Winterland '77 boxed set and 5/12/77 bonus CD! Finally a '77 boxed set is released! They should have done the Cornell and Co. shows (Boston Garden and War Memorial, the nights before and after) but for some reason they are hell bent on never releasing them. Maybe because they know everyone already has sweet sounding versions of those shows! So anyway this show is for sure 5 stars for sound, recording, and performance! I'm listing to the Playin' suite on a lazy Sunday afternoon...ahhhhhhh. God bless the Grateful Dead!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2009
Subject: 3-19-77
A typical well played 1977 show. Very good recording quality. My favorite show of 1977 was june ninth. Comparing this I am going to give it four stars. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it though.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2009
Jerry goes completely insane on his Travis Beam.

Biggest, baddest, most excellent Sugar Magnolia.

One More Sat Nite and a superb Uncle John
Reviewer: surfdaly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2009
Subject: Energy grows like sun speckled breezes after dawn.
In the long musical history of the Grateful Dead, 1977 is clearly the most famous year.

A slew of fun first set tunes is elevated by a sensational 40 plus minute set closing Terrapin > Playin’ > Samson > Playin’
I really liked bertha and Big river from this one. And a great UJB to close. If we had any music this good today then I would follow the band and write reveiws on their stuff. One can only hope that someone in my generation can take some pointers. If I could find one cute girl that liked GD as much as me I would def. give her some time.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2009
Subject: the best terrapin?
I think this is the best terrapin, aside from a master reel glitch it's nothing major, keith jerry and bob unite, the drums keep a beat and phil is po po pa do gota love it, a must hear, email me at happy to share with some good listeners.
Reviewer: gimme some tunes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2008
Subject: beginning of an era
great show, was on sirius radio this morning
Reviewer: Since 77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2008
Subject: ...a rare and different tune...
I can't NOT give this show five stars! Estimated drips with honey. The Playin'->Samson->Playin' sandwich is delectable. The entire second set, especially from Eyes to Franklin's is a somewhat easy-going, sometimes trippy, ride that surely must be one of the more sublime passages in Dead history. This musical tapestry is woven in a unique fashion, employing some unexpected - but never disappointing - colors and textures. This show deserves an honored place in your collection. Two thumbs way up!
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2008
Subject: Regarding Estimated Prophet
I'm listening to various songs here and I've touched upon Estimated Prophet. First the sound is a little junky - it's got a tad of hiss to deal with as I'm listening to this with my headphones as to not wake up the misses. THis could potentially be a fantastic version but one it starts off sloppy for the first 30 seconds, and it doesn't have superior mixing. What is REALLY COOL THOUGH is Keith's playing. He's got this low synth keynotes going the whole time that I'm sure would make your brains ooze out of your nose if you were tripping. Very impressive. My favorite Estimated, for what it's worth, was the very first one on 2-26-77.
Reviewer: stripes803 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2005
Subject: test me
yeah i think this is a great soundboard. i love it when you can hear all instruments at the same level, and is seems they rarely get keith/piano up loud enough. but you can hear him very well here and i love it.
Reviewer: let the bird fly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2005
Subject: Dancin
Another great run at Winterland. The Dancin is hot, Jerry lights it up.
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2005
Subject: slightly thin sound??
Who cares about the slightly thin sound! I can adjust for that on my sound no big deal. This show is a blast! All three nights of this run are great fun! I love this Bertha opener...always been one of my favorite tunes...and this one grooves along at a medium tempo that I love! Rest of the show is cookin'. Get it!
Reviewer: seedanrun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2005
Subject: Great show
Like the 18th and 20th, this is some great Dead. However, the sound is not quite "there"-- literally. The presence is lacking; it is like listening from just outside the hall. My guess is that there was actually some Dolby NR was applied at some point (implying an unlisted cassette gen), destroying the high frequencies. I don't mean to overstate my criticism -- this is not a bad-sounding SBD in any way, it's just not quite as great as many '77s.

5 for the show, 4 for the sound.
Reviewer: Bear in 29206 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2005
Subject: Crazy fast Eyes... and more
Seeing references to a wild & fast "Eyes" got my interest and, Whoa, this is a great show and great download! Wharf Rat, Terrapin and even a smokin version of Big River (sorry, I'm partial to good versions of that one)all stack up!.

Gotta' say the 11-4-77 Colgate show stacks up similarly in a LOT of respects to this show besides also opening with Bertha... "Eyes" IS EVEN FASTER! at Colgate and has the first EVER Playin>Eyes>Estimated and those transitions are awesome!

Alot transpired between February '77 and December '77 and these two shows embrace that evolution!
Reviewer: Bear in 29206 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: Crazy fast Eyes... and more
Seeing references to a wild & fast "Eyes" got my interest and, Whoa, this is a great show and great download! Wharf Rat, Terrapin and even a smokin version of Big River (sorry, I'm partial to good versions of that one)all stack up!.

Gotta' say the 11-4-77 Colgate show stacks up similarly in a LOT of respects to this show besides also opening with Bertha... "Eyes" IS EVEN FASTER! and the first EVER Estimated>Eyes and that transition is awesome!

Alot transpired between February '77 and December '77 and these two shows embrace that evolution!
Reviewer: phildarkside - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2005
Subject: A Great night for All....
WOW! I have had the 18th for years and it's one of my favorites. I think this even tops it.
Fast Furious Eyes is a treat. Wharf Rat so full of feeling. Terrapin is killer with some great interplay between Jerry, Phil and Keith.
Also I am surprised no one has mentioned how wonderful Keith sounds in this show.
This was an absloutely stellar night for the whole band.

5 stars for Quality of show (six if I could) and 5 stars for sound quality.
This has to be a Betty Board. Thank you Dead, Betty, and Archive!!!!

P.S. If you don't have this show GET IT NOW!!!
Reviewer: bedhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2005
Subject: liquid anyone?
tippy top tunes here........a verry jerry (and phil) of those OVER THE TOP FAST eyes.....crazy fast.....stellar jamming from playin on.....the way jerry works himself into the samson lead is great fun, you can hear him really working it out, and how many guitar players you ever hear that just rip it "RIP" it with next to ZERO PROCESSING, no effects, just a guitar straight into the amp....and by the time he get's to solo, he just about tears your ears then it is back to where they left off on playin/DARK STAR mode, with jerry in very exploratory voice, so strong: this playin>sam>playin clocksin at 30+minutes, and they're all good minutes......liquid any one?

no not quite, bolivian marching powder came out at this set break because our nicle little pastoral, modal jazz jam....returns as an incredibly rapid-fire coke-fuelled IT ? moment?

but, then, it's all about the wharf>frank, jerry just kind of has a firm grip of the reins and dont wanna let go.....hold on a minute bobby, daddy ain't ready for sugar yet, he's still got a good ten minutes left in 'em.....totally worth it...
Reviewer: StrawRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2005
Subject: Are You Kind?
The double encore is always an indication of how hot a show was, how energised the crowd became and how the band connected with its audience that night. The Dead came to play and many an individual converted to full deadhead status that fateful night.
I cannot say enough about these Winterland shows.
They really do bring it all back to me. Come hear Uncle John's Band because we got some things to talk about.
Five Grinning Skulls!
Reviewer: toughmama - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2005
Subject: "The definition of music"
100% Amazing!!!! No words can really describe the power of this show. Blows away the night before in my book. Don't get me wrong 3-18 is just as awesome, but Probably the best Eyes and Wharf Rat I've ever heard. A must for any Head.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2005
Subject: Flawless
If there was a show you needed to place into a space capsule and with a note attached "this is the grateful dead at their peak" this is the show. Have never heard this before today and wow - dancin, franklins, sugar mag, TLEO, big river... This is sizzling++

Enjoy and thanks to our friend at LMA for this one kind show and along with St Louis one of the best Uncle John's ever.
Reviewer: Stagger_Lee_of_terrapin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2005
Subject: nice jammin
smoking second set with a tight terrapin>playin>samson>playin and a beautiful eyes>dancin>wharf>fanklins>sugar mags jam. The LLR also has some great jerry leads behind some powerful bobbie singin
Reviewer: chetreli - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: Fast Eyes!
If you love the vibe of Dead via '77 (and who doesn't?) you will not be disappointed w/ this download. The 1st set Playin'>Samson>Playin' is as good as it gets! 2nd set cooks too! Love the fast and furious Eyes!
Reviewer: Spelunki - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2004
Subject: Great, great show.
This is one of the greatest shows I have ever heard. Listen to the intense second set. What a treat. Should be on Dicks Picks.
Reviewer: MasterE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2004
Subject: Fuel before the fire...
This winterland run in March is essentially the calm before the storm of May. These shows are very tightly executed, the quality of these recordings are great and the flow and vibe of these nights are perfect.

Great show here....first set is played very well with some interesting combo's (i.e. Playiin>samson>playing). The second set, although short, is very sweet...may actually be one of my favorite 1-hour segments of american music! Great i was born much too late.....2 years after this magnificent year in Grateful Dead history!
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2004
Subject: Set 2 ......UNDERRATED!
Yes, the set 1 Terrapin, Playin>Samson is extremely well played. I also like the earlier version of Estimated in the first set..........But The Eyes>Dancin'>Rat to open Set 2 is SICK. Then a Franklin's(without any Help)into Sugar Mags is so sweet to close out a short set. Which makes the double encore including UJB frosting on the cake.
Reviewer: spinephixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2004
Subject: SO GOOD
just a joy to listen to. amazing quality SBD, and a phenominal set. this (to me) is from a time when the Dead were simply at their best. tight. creative. jerry wasn't caught up in smack (yet). i love listening to shows from 1977 - and this is no exception. i don't have a single negative thing to say about this show. thanks.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2004
Subject: top 10!
This is one of those rare shows when Set 1 tops the 2nd Set! After a thunderous Estimated (it would not be paired with Eyes until later that May) they give you a sparkling Terrapin, then a rare Playin>Samson>Playin sandwich that grabs you by the ears and never lets go. The Samson really rocks out!
The 2nd Set is good, but sadly too short, and one suspects after such a stellar 1st Set they left themselves with nowhere to go. Still, the Eyes>Dancin>Wharf Rat grouping is unusual and very tightly executed. Of the 3 nights at Winterland in March, this remains my favorite.
Dr. Flashback :-)
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